Aerogarden is a great option for those hobby gardeners who would like to grow vegetables, herbs, and fruits within a small space. Aerogarden is also a great tool for those who are looking to grow their own produce while they are away on vacation.
There are certain problems that you might encounter when growing with an Aerogarden which might mean that you may want to grow your plants in the soil as well. In this blog, I discuss Can You Plant Aerogarden Pods in Soil?
Can You Plant Aerogarden Pods in Soil?
AeroGarden seed starts plants quicker than traditional sowing methods. Consistent moisture and bright, broad-spectrum light produce strong, stocky seedlings that are ready to transplant in about a week.
However, when it comes time to transplant the seedlings from an otherwise sterilized hydroponic environment into a soil-based garden. their roots still need to be conditioned for a more challenging life ahead.
Roots that grow in soil are structurally different from those that grow in water. Roots growing in the ground need to take on more responsibility.
So they grow with heavy, strong cell walls to provide structural support and a blanket of sorts over the plants’ surface in order to protect it from diseases and pests.
In water-based systems, roots only need to absorb nutrients and water from their surroundings, so the cells fit this job by being highly permeable so that the materials can easily pass through them.
Sometimes, transplanting plants from their original environments to new ones can actually be harmful to them because it is possible to shock or even kill a mature plant if it is transplanted.
However, young seedlings seem to cope very well with being uprooted and transplanted, they change quite quickly and often are returned to perfect health, especially if transplanted into the right environment.
You should start to move your AeroGarden seedlings from the root sponges in your AeroGarden kit to a pot filled with fresh potting soil.
When they have five true leaves and it is cold or overcast weather outside. The seedlings will be ready for transplanting when roots grow out of the bottom of the sponges and touch the ground in your AeroGarden.
It’s better for you to transplant them before their roots become tangled around each other.
What to Expect From Aerogarden Plants?
When you first start growing with an AeroGarden, it may be a bit overwhelming to know what to expect.
Growing a plant is one thing, but when you’re thinking about how tall you’d like your plant grown or when plants germinate and grow, you might have a million questions.
How Long Will My Plants Take To Germinate?
Below is a list of all the different types of seeds you can grow and the estimated number of days it will take for them to germinate.
Planting any type of seed, fruit or vegetable relies upon how much time and attention you put into tending to and caring for them as well!
Average Germination Times:
- Flowers: 7 to 12 days ( blossom time approx 40 days)
- Salads: 5 to 8 days
- Herbs: 5 to 15 days
- tomatoes and peppers (all Fruiting vegetables): 7 to 10 days (blossom time approx 45 days, then need more week or two to turn into fruit).
Average Harvest Times:
- Flowers: n/a
- Salads: 21 days
- Herbs: 21 days
- Fruiting vegetables: 100 days
How Long Do Plants Typically Last in an Aerogarden?
When it comes down to growing plants in an AeroGarden, you’re bound to have questions. All different kinds of plants have their own unique lives and growth patterns.
Just like people, we’ve found that plants have some interesting similarities.
When it comes to the lifespan of their lives as well as their growth and developmental stages before becoming full-fledged adult specimens!
Flowers: Flower varieties typically grow for 3-4 months.
Lettuces & Greens: Typically, lettuces and salad greens have an average lifespan of 2-3 months. When they start to taste bitter or show signs of flowering (“bolting”), this is a sign that it might be time to harvest. Make sure to monitor your basil plants closely as well – they will start to look “leggy” after around 6 weeks and you’ll need your basil every day!
Herbs: When one grows herbs they typically only last for three to four months. Despite this, some herbs can go longer as long as one is willing to invest in proper pruning and harvesting techniques on a regular basis. An example of an herb that goes longer is basil.
Fruiting Vegetables: Most flowering plants are shorter in lifespan than fruiting vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers. As each specific type of fruiting vegetable fruits, sooner or later it will stop producing and you have to replant it. With continued care and attention, you can increase the lifespan of a fruiting vegetable plant from about 8 months to 12 months.
How Tall Will My Plants Grow?
We note the estimated pod height on every pre-fertilized pouch we send you. But what do those notes mean? Short plant varieties tend to be bushier, and may only grow 4″-5″ tall. Medium plants usually max out around 8″.
Some plants are not meant to be tamed. Very tall varieties can grow without limits and become unmanageable, growing anywhere from 2 feet tall or more if pruned poorly. This even includes herbs like basil.
Can Aerogarden Plants Be Transplanted?
Transplanting of plants can be done in situations where plants have outgrown the space. They are being grown in, or when a diseased plant is taken out before.
it has a chance to affect the quality and health of the other plants in that area. By transplanting them to areas with less cramped roots, we prevent the disease from spreading quickly.
What To Do If Transplanted Aerogarden Plants Keep Dying?
It’s a painful situation to see a gardener try and move their Aerogarden plants over to a bigger pot only to have them find their plants lying dead on the surface just weeks down the line.
If this sounds foreign but you’ve been in a similar issue before, then go through the following tips and determine where it might have gone wrong for you.
Make sure the soil stays moist but not sopping wet.
Avoid watering your plant with cold water, which can damage your plant by causing its roots to rot.
Grow indoor plants in a pot that allows enough drainage.
Use any kind of well-draining soil in the pot, leaving about 1 inch at the bottom for adequate drainage.
You may place stones or other things inside the container for a better drainage system.
Indoor plants should be placed in part sun and kept away from direct sunlight unless you want your plant to fry quickly.
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